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Jason Clare and Craig Thomson host Central Coast Job Services Australia providers summit

Ministers:

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Jason Clare, and Member for Dobell Craig Thomson today co-hosted a summit in Wyong to discuss the transition to Job Services Australia with local employment service providers.

“The Australian Government’s top priority is to keep people in jobs, and help those who are out of work to get the training and support they need to find a job. That’s why we have introduced Job Services Australia, the new employment service that started yesterday,” Mr Clare said.

Job Services Australia rolls seven programs into one, to give practical assistance to people out of work. This will be provided through the right mix of training, work experience and assistance finding a job.

“Job Services Australia is a one-stop shop where job seekers can go to get the assistance and support that they need,” Mr Clare said.

“The transition to the new system will not be easy. That’s why I’m meeting with employment service providers and job seekers here in Wyong, to make sure any teething problems are sorted out,” Mr Clare said.

ABS Labour Force data shows that unemployment in the Gosford-Wyong has increased to 6.1 per cent in May 2009.

Member for Dobell, Craig Thomson said job seekers on the Central Coast face even tougher challenges with many thousands having to commute daily to Sydney and Newcastle to find work.

“We must do everything we can to keep local people in jobs, and find them work on the Coast,” Mr Thompson said.More information about the transition to Job Services Australia can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/jobservicesaustralia or by calling 13 17 64.